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Daily Reads: A Friendship with Roger Ebert, the Sadness of Watching Woody Allen and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 29, 2014 9:43 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Plus: the history of the eye closeup and silent film fans make some noise about disappearing movies.

How Not to Write About Classic Television

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 4:54 PM
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Looking at classic television with a critical lens is encouraged. Using older shows as a way to deliver glib jokes in a major publication, not so much.

Can the Story of Hollywood Be Told in Just 10 Films?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 3:01 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Inspired by Sotheby's 10-exhibit summation of the history of art, Robbie Collin took a crack at picking 10 films to tell the history of Hollywood.

Daily Reads: 'Snowpiercer' an Indie Savior or Casualty, the Music of 'Twin Peaks' and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 28, 2014 9:18 AM
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Plus: the history of TMZ, and Joe Swanberg on the financial life of an independent filmmaker.

Does Sharing Early Screening Reactions Devalue Critics?

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 25, 2014 4:42 PM
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  • 4 Comments
It's important to keep others in mind, but what's the value of having critics' word first to help shape the conversation?

Daily Reads: Faulty Science in "Lucy," Death to Frank Miller's Batman and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 25, 2014 9:29 AM
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Plus: unexpected quotes from "Hercules" reviews, and whether or not critics are reluctant to admit when films turn them on.

Joe Swanberg, 'Sex Tape,' and When It's OK to Rewrite the Movie

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 24, 2014 2:49 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Review the movie they made, not the one you wanted them to make. But there's a way to use your rewrite idea constructively.

'50 Shades of Grey's Hard Sell

  • By Charles Bramesco
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  • July 24, 2014 1:13 PM
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  • 22 Comments
The '50 Shades of Grey' trailer doesn't say good things about the movie, but it says them really, really well.

Daily Reads: Hollywood's Homophobia Problem, Why Filmmakers Fail and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 24, 2014 9:37 AM
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Plus: How Marvel became the envy and scourge of Hollywood, and why disabled characters are rarely played by disabled actors.

Brian Reitzell's Jaw-Dropping 'Hannibal' Scores Set for Release

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 23, 2014 2:11 PM
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Brian Reitzell music, which is as beautifully disturbing as "Hannibal" itself, will finally be released on digital and CD.